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The Pilchard Works.<br />
Preserved, salted sardines are packed into wooden casks.<br />
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Salted pilchards have been exported from Cornwall to the continent since the 16th century and the 'Pilchard Works' in Newlyn sold this traditional product to the same Italian family for a century. <br />
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Since becoming a 'working museum' in 1995 it has won two national awards but on 28/10/05 it closed down due to a decline in the demand for this kind of presentation.  <br />
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The custom of pressing salted, whole-ungutted fish, with heads still attached into wooden containers has now been superseded by more modern packaging and freezing techniques. <br />
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As the 'Pilchard Works' was the last establishment in the U.K. to employ these methods, what was once the mainstay of the Cornish fishing industry has now gone forever.